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Saturday, May 5, 2012, Stabler Arena (Rain or Shine)

Graduates arrive by 10 a.m. (Report to the main entrance for directions on where to go.)

Commencement ceremony begins promptly at 11 a.m.



In observance of tradition, all participants in the Commencement ceremony will wear full academic regalia, consisting of a traditional gown and mortarboard with tassel. Order your cap and gown from the Penn State Lehigh Valley Bookstore.

Wear the tassel of the cap forward and to the right until you are given the signal to shift it to the left after Chancellor Ann Williams confers the degree. During the procession, graduates will walk from the designated gathering room to the Commencement area at Stabler Arena.



Family and friends of the graduates are very welcome at the Commencement ceremony. Personalized announcements may be ordered online at www.jostens.com. There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite, but tickets will be required and may be picked up from the Bookstore when you pick up your cap and gown. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directions to the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus are available online at www.lv.psu.edu/information/directions.htm. and directions to Stabler Arena are available online at http://www.stablerarena.com/location.htm.



Graduates, dressed in their caps and gowns, will assemble in the designated hallway, where they will receive their name card and be placed in the order of procession. The procession will advance from the ceremonial area to be led by the Campus Marshal, followed by the Student and Faculty Marshals, followed by the graduates, followed by Penn State Lehigh Valley administration, visiting dignitaries, faculty, and staff.  



Commencement is a time of celebration and reflection. Come to the ceremony with these thoughts in mind, and help to make this a special occasion for you, your fellow graduates, and for the community of family and friends who gather to join in the celebration. Please honor the significance and the dignity of the occasion. Be friendly and courteous to visitors, other graduates, and to our Commencement speakers. Remember to turn off cell phones and other electronic devices.  



A group photograph will be taken at a time to be announced sometime before Commencement at the campus, during a special Senior Send-off picnic. Please bring your cap and gown for the photograph. A complimentary copy of the group photograph will be given on Commencement day to each graduate in the photo.



You will receive a diploma folder on stage and receive your actual diploma in the mail shortly after the ceremony.  If you did not verify the name to be printed on your diploma via eLion, you may check that information in the Registrar‚s Office.  

Note: Special inks are used in the printing of the diplomas. Do not store your diploma in a cedar chest.



An official transcript is the University's certified statement of your academic record. It lists all courses completed, all grades earned, and the semester in which they were received. The official transcript also contains notations of distinctions, minors, options, and degrees received. It is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the University seal and signature of the University Registrar.

You may be asked to provide a copy of your official transcript to potential employers, graduate schools, and professional organizations. It is very common for these employers and organizations to request that the University send your official transcript directly to them. For your protection, Penn State will not release your official transcript without your permission and signature.

Information on ordering transcripts is available on the University website at http://www.registrar.psu.edu/transcripts/transcripts.html.



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